In 2022, Juneteenth is on a Sunday, June 19th, and banks will be closed. June 19th lands on a Sunday in 2022, so banks will observe the holiday the following Monday on June 20th.
In the United States, Juneteenth is a federal holiday: a day when banks and many other businesses are closed. Other bank holidays include Independence Day (July 4th), Labor Day (1st Monday in September), Veteran’s Day (November 11th), Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November) and Christmas Eve/Day.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, or June 19th, is a federal holiday. It is also known as “Emancipation Day” and “Freedom Day.” Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It honors the announcement of its abolition on June 19, 1865 by General Gordon Granger (it was more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation). This holiday is an important part of American history, and it is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made since the end of slavery.
The history of Juneteenth is filled with stories of courage and tenacity in the face of adversity, as well as triumph over oppression and violence.
In Texas, it began when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston on June 19th with news that the Civil War had ended and that slavery had been abolished throughout the South. Because all communication lines from Galveston had been cut off, however – and because southern states were then still under martial law – the people there didn’t find out about this until nearly three months later when word finally reached them via Houston newspapers published on September 15th. By then many former slaves were living independently; some even owned property or businesses! So they decided to celebrate their freedom by holding parades and other festivities. Soon, these celebrations spread throughout Texas and to other states where former slaves lived: Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Florida.
When is Juneteenth?
The word Juneteenth means “June Nineteenth.” Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th and is a federal holiday.
Juneteenth also has been celebrated as a state holiday in Mississippi and Arkansas since at least the 1950s. The observance of Juneteenth was also recognized by Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Virginia as state holidays. It became an official federal holiday on June 17th, 2021.
Which Banks Are Open for Juneteenth?
If you’re wondering whether your bank will be open for Juneteenth on Sunday, June 19th, 2022 or Monday, June 20th, 2022, the answer is no. Banks are closed on federal holidays in general, and Juneteenth is now one of them. The only banks that will be open are those that are open on federal holidays, such as smaller branches located within supermarkets and grocery stores. In addition, there are also a few credit unions and local banks that operate year-round but do not have their own ATMs or branches in every state.
If you’re unsure whether a nearby financial institution will have an ATM available for Juneteenth, contact them directly to confirm their hours of operation before heading out.
Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a national holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and marks the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 to inform slaves that they were free. Juneteenth will be recognized June 19 with celebrations of Black freedom and African-American culture. In the century after the Civil War, African Americans made great strides in their fight for equality. They fought for and won the right to vote, to attend integrated schools, and to hold office. Today, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate these achievements and to continue the fight for equality for all.
Celebrations have grown from state to state over time and today, Juneteenth is recognized as a federal holiday with celebrations taking place across America. It’s all about celebrating Black freedom and African-American culture!
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